Locations in blue are those I have visited, and those in magenta are “on the list.”
The more I explore, the more my curiosity grows.
American Cemetery Meuse-Argonne
and the American Memorial at Montfaucon
“There lies the road from Avocourt
That leads to Montfaucon,
Past sniper and machine gun nest
By steel and thermite cleansed.
They’re gone –
And there in thund’rous echelon
The ruined heights of Montfaucon.”
1st Lt. Harold Riezelman, US Chemical Warfare Service
L’ossuaire de Douaumont, Fort de Douaumont, Mémorial de Verdun
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
“That the world may remember the common sacrifice of two and a half million dead, here have been laid side by side Soldiers of France and of the British Empire in eternal comradeship.”
Thiepval Cemetery Cross inscription
Canadian Memorial at Courcelette
“As far as I could see, south, north along the miles of the Ridge, there were the Canadians. And I experienced my first full sense of nationhood.”
Lieutenant Gregory Clark, M.C.
Weekend Magazine, November 13, 1967
Above: Town square in April 2015 and February 1919
Below: Hôtel d’ville and town square in April 2015 and May 1917.
Source of 1917 photos: U.S. National Archives; attributed to British War Museum